2014.08.13【英译中】穷爸爸富爸爸 节选1

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Does school prepare children for the real world? "Study hard and get good grades and you will find a high-paying job with great benefits," my parents used to say. Their goal in life was to provide a college education for my older sister and me, so that we would have the greatest chance for success in life.

 

学校有教小孩子准备应对真实的社会吗?“努力学习还有得高分将会让你得到高薪工作以及很好的福利”我的父母过去常常这么说。他们的人生目标就是供我和我姐姐上大学,那么我们将会有很好的机会在生活中得到成功。

 

When T finally earned my diploma in 1976-graduating with honors, and near the top of my class, in accounting from FloridaStateUniversity-my parents had realized their goal. It was the crowning achievement of their lives. In accordance with the "Master Plan," I was hired by a "Big 8" accounting firm, and I looked forward to a long career and retirement at an early age.

 

1976年,当我从佛罗里达大学会计专业以班级前几名的成绩荣获学位时,我父母实现了他们的目标。  这简直就是他们这辈子至高无上的成就。依照“蓝图计划”,“八大”会计公司雇佣了我。然后,我期待着一段长久的职业生涯,并想早一点儿退休。

 

My husband, Michael, followed a similar path. We both came from hard-working families, of modest means but with strong work ethics. Michael also graduated with honors, but he did it twice: first as an engineer and then from law school. He was quickly recruited by a prestigiousWashington,D.C., law firm that specialized in patent law, and his future seemed bright, career path well-defined and early retirement guaranteed.

 

我的丈夫,麦克,也是有着类似的经历。我们都一样来自努力工作的家庭,一样的平凡但是同样有着很高的工作道德。麦克也是以优异的成绩毕业,但是他得到了两次:一次是工程师,另一次是法学院。他也很快速的被著名华盛顿地区的法律公司所雇佣,很特别的是他在里面负责的是专利权法,他的将来看起来很辉煌,职业路线和退休保障都很好。

 

Although we have been successful in our careers, they have not turned out quite as we expected. We both have changed positions several times-for all the right reasons-but there are no pension plans vesting on our behalf. Our retirement funds are growing only through our individual contributions.

 

尽管我们在职业上很成功,但并没有过上我们期待的生活。我们都因各种理由换过工作,但养老金福利不属于我们。

 

Michael and I have a wonderful marriage with three great children. As I write this, two are in college and one is just beginning high school. We have spent a fortune making sure our children have received the best education available.

 

麦克和我有着很完美的婚姻以及三个很好的孩子。当我写这个的时候,两个孩子在大学就读,而一个才刚开始高中生涯。我们花费了一定的费用来确保我们的孩子可以得到最好的教育。

 

One day in 1996, one of my children came home disillusioned with school. He was bored and tired of studying. "Why should I put time into studying subjects I will never use in real life?" he protested.

 

1996年的一天,我们其中的一个孩子回家并表达了对学校的失望。他觉得学习很无聊也很累。“为什么我要把时间花费在学习那些我真正生活中用不上的学科?”他抗议道。

 

Without thinking, I responded, "Because if you don't get good grades, you won't get into college."

 

不假思索的,我回答说,“如果你没有拿到好的成绩就不能上好的大学。”

 

"Regardless of whether I go to college," he replied, "I'm going to be rich."

 

“不管我又没有上大学,”他回复说,“我都会变得有钱。”

 

"If you don't graduate from college, you won't get a good job," I responded with a tinge of panic and motherly concern. "And if you don't have a good job, how do you plan to get rich?"

 

“如果你没有从大学毕业,你将没办法得到好的工作,”我的回答带着一丝恐慌和作为母亲的关怀。“如果你没有好的工作,你怎么能变得有钱呢?”

 

My son smirked and slowly shook his head with mild boredom. We have had this talk many times before. He lowered his head and rolled his eyes. My words of motherly wisdom were falling on deaf ears once again.

 

我的儿子笑容僵住了并且缓慢的摇着他的脑袋伴着轻微的烦燥。我们在这之前已经讨论过这个问题很多次了。他低着他的头并转着他的眼睛。他再次听不见我的睿智的慈母般的语言。

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